John Risk practices in the areas of health law, regulatory affairs, privacy and corporate law. He has particular expertise in legislative matters and health care regulation.
John brings a well-rounded and versatile perspective to his practice, having viewed regulatory and health law issues from all sides – regulator, regulated and government. In his over two decades of experience in regulation, John has served as General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer and as Director of Enforcement at a regulatory authority, as external counsel to health care organizations and regulatory colleges, and in senior policy positions with government, including Executive Director of the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association.
In his regulation practice, John advises on regulatory governance and strategy, compliance and enforcement issues, by-laws, policy and programs, and general corporate and commercial matters. For his health law clients, he provides advice on regulatory compliance, policies and procedures, corporate governance, health information and privacy, contracts, and insured/uninsured services. John has considerable experience preparing legislative submissions to government and assisting with the drafting of standards and regulations.
John has specific expertise in regulation and consumer protection as it relates to seniors’ care and housing.
2138658 Ontario Ltd. o/a Seeley’s Bay Retirement Home,  O.L.A.T. 10460/RHA (Ont Licence Appeal Tribunal)
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Health Care Law
Appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to an independent review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan’s Out-of-Country Program, 2007
Called to the Bar
- Ontario (2001)
- LL.B., University of Toronto, 1999
- M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1992
- B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University, 1990
- Certificate, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies, Harward University, 2013
Bill 160: Major Initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care”, Lexis Nexis “Risk Management in Canadian Health Care”, December 2017 (with Debbie Tarshis)
The Regulation of Ontario Retirement Homes: A Primer for Elder Law Advocates in Ontario and B.C.”, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, November 2017 (with Heather Hogan)
“Consent to Treatment Package”, Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010
“Model Accommodation Agreement Package”,Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010
“Model Purchase of Services Agreement Package”,Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010
“Records Retention Toolkit: A Guide to the Maintenance and Disposal of Hospital Records”, Toronto: Ontario Hospital Association, 2007
“External Review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan’s Out-of-Country Program”, Toronto: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2007 (with Mary Catherine Lindberg)